• Fire Protection Engineer – Nuclear Facilities

    Job Locations US-WA-Richland
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(2/4/2019 2:13 PM)
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  • Overview

    NV5 (NASDAQ: NVEE) is a provider of professional and technical engineering and consulting solutions to public and private sector clients in the infrastructure, energy, construction, program management and environmental markets. NV5 is an ENR Top 500 firm; we offer a full range of professional services in offices throughout the U.S.


    NV5 has a need for a Fire Protection Engineer – Nuclear Facilities at its Richland, WA location.


    We are seeking a Fire Protection Engineer (FPE) to perform duties related to advising on, administering, supervising or performing professional work in the investigation or development of fire protection projects on projects for U.S. Department of Energy and other federal, state and local clients. Applicants will be expected to function independently, as or under oversight of a FPE Manager, to provide technical direction and guidance in the development and implementation of Fire Protection Program policies and procedures for facilities subject to nuclear safety requirements. Assignments may include design, construction, inspection, testing, operation, and maintenance of firefighting or fire protection apparatus, appliances, devices and systems, or the testing of fire resistant materials.


    • Assure that fire and life safety hazards at assigned facilities and operations are managed in compliance with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) requirements, and any other applicable fire protection standards.
    • Develop, coordinate and support implementation of fire protection and life safety design, operations, and maintenance requirements.
    • Provide fire hazards analysis, facility fire assessments, design and work document reviews, and oversight of operations to help assure fire safety.
    • Conduct fire safety and building code inspections of new and existing buildings as well as buildings under construction for compliance with procedures and fire protection codes and standards, identify deficiencies, recommend corrective actions and provide the necessary technical support to resolve issues.
    • Perform fire protection engineering functions to support development and maintenance of Documented Safety Analyses (DSAs), Safety Analysis Reports (SARs), and other nuclear safety design basis, readiness and qualification requirements.
    • Perform advanced engineering tasks for special projects requiring original concepts and a high level of expertise and apply nuclear fire protection standards and regulations to new situations.
    • Review construction site and building plans for compliance with fire protection requirements, evaluate fire resistance of buildings and structures, and advise management regarding fire safety, property protection and public safety. 
    • Provide technical input and expertise for review of vendor-developed designs and engineering modifications and evaluate vendor performance in meeting contract requirements and objectives.
    • Assist in the pre-incident planning process as a technical reference for building systems and department capabilities, and act as a technical resource for incident commanders by providing information concerning structural stability, hazardous materials, and fire protection components.
    • Provide technical support to facility management and staff on installation, inspection, maintenance, and operation of fire protection systems and components, and supervise professional-level staff engaged in fire prevention duties.
    • Provide technical guidance on fire safety human element programs (e.g., hot work, fire prevention programs, etc.) to operations and maintenance staff.


    • Must be a graduate of an accredited university or college with at least a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering or related technical field.
    • Working knowledge of the codes, principles, practices, and techniques in the field of fire protection engineering, including NFPA codes and relevant DOE orders and supplemental directives.
    • Working knowledge of the practices and operations of nuclear facilities.
    • Familiarity with International Building and Fire Codes and Federal or state occupational safety and health requirements that impact facility safety and equipment design.
    • Previous experience in the preparation and publication of fire hazards analysis documents and fire protection assessments, and/or implementation of fire protection programs and requirements for nuclear facilities.
    • Ability to work cooperatively and productively with management, technical professionals, and crafts personnel.
    • High level of interpersonal communication skills and computer skills.
    • Good writing skills to prepare and communicate technical evaluations, perform technical reviews, and prepare effective reports.
    • Experience with DOE, Commercial, or Naval Nuclear facilities is a plus.

    • Active FPE Professional Engineer (PE) License in the state of Washington; or, if licensed in another state, ability to obtain reciprocity for a Washington State PE License is a desired qualification, but not required.
    • Meet qualifications for Professional Member Grade in the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE); or, have a Professional Membership in the SFPE; or, be an Associate Member in the SFPE.
    • Ability to qualify/re-qualify as a Hanford fire protection engineer.
    • A security clearance is not initially required, however career advancement may require the candidate to eventually obtain an “ L “ or “ Q “ clearance to perform assigned duties.



    NV5 offers a complete and competitive benefits package.

    NV5 provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. NV5 complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.



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